Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/17/14
Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell is expected to be OK after being hospitalized Thursday due to feeling faint at a corporate speaking event in Lake Tahoe. The Hall of Fame center reportedly collapsed on stage while giving his speech, according to WCVB’s Scott Isaacs, but the team confirmed to him that Russell was doing fine and would be flying back to his home in Seattle as early as Thursday night. [tweet https://twitter.com/ScottIsaacs/statuses/489845312883015680 According to ESPN Boston, the 80-year-old was taken off on a stretcher and taken to the hospital as a precaution. Russell won 11 titles with the Celtics during his playing career, as well as five MVP awards and 12 All-Star appearances. The Celtics great was recently on hand to award the NBA Finals MVP trophy, which was renamed in his honor in 2009, to Tim Duncan following Game 5 in San Antonio.Filed under: Anna Fogel, Boston Celtics, NBA, Top Stories

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